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I have a close childhood friend serving in the United States military, who is currently on a tour in Afghanistan. In that area of the world, as the children play in the yard in front of the house, a watchful parent stands guard with a machine gun. Here in the United States we have had [continue reading…]

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Doug Immel, a school teacher, built his own 8 foot by 20 foot mobile tiny house on a trailer in Massachusetts.  His new address is 0 (not a type, it really is zero). His super well insulated shack has a passive solar room which collects energy from the sun and helps heat the entire house. Doug [continue reading…]

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Sitting on top of the world and enjoying unparalleled ocean views is the newly built Casa Till in Los Arcos, Chile. This is what a German couple envisioned as their private Nirvana spot on Earth and they got it. With the help of the local firm of WMR Arquitectos the couple raised a small, single [continue reading…]

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There are people who are eager to defy conventionality to such lengths that they are willing to live plainly on a plane. Bruce Campbell, 64, a retired electrical engineer from Portland, OR., calls his home a 737 Boeing Jet, purchased in 1999 and turned it into his personal residence. Ever since Bruce hauled the aircraft [continue reading…]

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If you ever tried to book a reservation in Big Sur, California then you know first hand how scarce and expensive accommodations there can be.  If you really love the place (and you must), then why not a tiny personal get away with your own bed, chair and a desk? At least that is what [continue reading…]

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Architects Karl Wanaselja and partner Cate Leger have a goal for every project – shrink the ecological footprint while creating lyrical and enduring buildings.  Following their aspirations they built a unique small house in Berkeley, CA, called the McGee House. This eye popping habitat consists of 104 salvaged car roofs which cover the upper side [continue reading…]

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Jim Juczak, a middle-school shop teacher, hates mortgages. When he decided to build his own home on his 50-acre property, he decided to do away with debt. What resulted from his efforts is an 18-sided structure with 3,000 square feet of living space, built for under $20,000 from salvaged materials. Working to his strengths as [continue reading…]

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The Morrison family is on the quest to simplify their lives and strip of all unnecessary clutter associated with modern consumption. They have been longing for a different lifestyle so the moment they heard about the Tiny House movement (a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes) [continue reading…]

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German architect Werner Aisslinger has come up with a revolutionary new concept – a tiny (420 square foot) prefab cubic building that can be delivered anywhere via truck or freight helicopter. This “mobile home for urban nomads”, as its creator describes it, can be set up in just 2 days, and takes half that time [continue reading…]

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Austin, TX is having another great day in the land of Environmentalism. The progressive city has given rise to a new research experiment by Huston Tillotson professor who is seeking to raise awareness on sustainability in some very trashy way. What if you had the chance to live in a garbage dumpster for an entire [continue reading…]

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